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University researchers in treatment breakthrough

30th November 2010

A team of researchers based in London have unveiled a breakthrough treatment for hamstring injuries.

Led by Waseem Bashir of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the scientists presented their findings to the Radiological Society of North America on November 30th, revealing what is believed to be a more effective way of treating microtears in the tendon than traditional, steroid therapy.

Patients receive injections of their own blood and a steroid, before undergoing a process of 'dry-needling', which involves repeatedly puncturing the injured area to cause controlled internal bleeding.

Dr Bashir claimed that the procedure had resulted in a number of football players being able to take up the game again, having previously had injuries that were assumed to be untreatable.

"Blood contains many growth factors and the injections have been shown to promote faster healing of certain injuries," he remarked.

Hamstring injuries are common among athletes, particularly footballers. Notable players to have suffered from them over the years include Ryan Giggs and Fernando Torres.

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